How to record Twitch streams for later viewing on a PC

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If you’re interested in watching your favorite gamers demonstrate their skills on Twitch, but simply aren’t presented with the time to watch them in real-time, look no further! I’ve collected and compiled a few different ways that you can record these streams for later viewing.

If you’re looking to archive your own livestreams, however, check out the second page to find the For Broadcasters section of the article, where I’ve detailed this process as well.

Using VLC media player

First and foremost, the most obvious step in this method is to download and install VLC media player, which you can grab here. Follow along with the steps provided by the setup wizard and, when you’re done, download and install Livestreamer. Assuming you’re running Windows, you can download the installer directly by clicking here.

Once again, follow along with the steps of the setup wizard. Then things get technical. With both programs now in hand, open up Command Prompt. You can do this in Windows 10 by typing Command Prompt into Cortana’s Ask me anything search bar. Similarly, in Windows 8.1, you can find Command Prompt by typing its name while on the Start Menu screen.

With Command Prompt open, type the phrase livestreamer high. Of course, change the URL to that of the channel you are trying to record. Additionally, you can change high to source to record the stream at its maximum quality, or you can adjust it according to your preference within the limits of the source video itself.

Doing this with a channel that’s currently online will initiate an instance of VLC player, complete with the desired livestream, front and center. With the hard part out of the way, now it’s time to start the recording. Navigate to Tools Preferences on the menu at the top of the screen, find Record directory or filename and select Browse.

After choosing a directory for your recording to end up, click Save. Next, select View Advanced Controls at the top of the screen. You should notice a new set of tools at your disposal.

Now when you open a stream in VLC player, you can utilize the recording button on the left to record the stream to the designated storage location. It is recommended, however, that you test the functionality first before attempting to record hours of content. You wouldn’t want to lose it due to a computing error, would you?

With Open Broadcaster Software

If you prefer using OBS over VLC to record streams, you’ll want to have the Open Broadcaster Software installed. If you’re on Windows, you can initiate a download of the installation file here. Alternatively, there are versions of the software available for Linux and OS X on OBS’s main website.

First things first, with the program installed, open it up and head to the Settings tab at the highest point of the screen. Click on it and then click Settings again. From there, you’ll want to select the file path in which recorded streams will be stored. Under the category Broadcast Settings, locate the section labeled File Path. Then, select Browse and choose where you want your files to be saved. Click OK to save your changes.

With the initial setup out of the way, make your way to the bottom of the main OBS window and right-click under Sources. After that, hover your cursor over Add, and add either Monitor Capture or Window Capture to your sources. Monitor Capture will record your entire screen no matter what’s displayed while Window Capture will focus on a single active window which you can manually specify.

When you’ve added a source, you can click on Start Recording to, well, start recording your screen. When you’ve finished recording, simply hit Stop Recording. You can then select File > Open Recordings Folder at the top to see the results.


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